President’s Letter

The NWU Delegate Assembly will convene from August 7-9 in New York City, where roughly 50 delegates, chapter and division chairs, along with national officers, will chart the course for the union going forward. The DA is the highest governing body of our union, and it’s charged with addressing the major issues we face in […]

Netroots Nation

Over nearly a decade, Netroots Nation has grown to become a powerful force in promoting the Democratic Party. It serves as a platform for community activists, labor organizations, and even presidential candidates. With a reputation for compelling content and boisterous voices, Netroots 2015 descended on the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona’s capital city last month, […]

Building Your Author Platform

People often talk about building a platform as a writer, but what does that really mean. It’s about three things: Establishing and maintaining your authority over your subject matter Finding and growing an audience for your work Making a big enough splash that editors and agents come knocking Building awareness beyond the people you already […]

Kudos!

RAMSEY FEATURED The Sunday NY Times’ Michael T. Luongo interviewed Calvin Ramsey (inset left), playwright and author,  about his insights and his work:   Green Book projects. NEW HARDBALL BOOK Hard Ball Press recently published the Spanish/English bilingual children’s book, Joelito’s Big Decision/ La gran decisión de Joelito, written by Ann Berlak, illustrated by Daniel Camacho, […]

Getting the Most Out of Our New Website

The new NWU Website has launched! You can use it to: Build your talent profile on our new searchable database Submit news items about your writing—or any relevant event—for publication by tagging your NWU chapter. Apply for a press pass Renew your membership Request contract advice Here’s how: Reset your password: Change it to something […]

NWU, Authors Guild Fight for E-Book Rates

On June 17, the Authors Guild (AG) announced a campaign in a press release titled “The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative: A Preview,” in which it advocated that book authors should receive royalties for e-books at the rate of half of net proceeds. On July 9 it detailed its reasons for doing so in a […]

A PENNY A BOOK?

Imagine our surprise when an NWU member reported that he had received a royalty statement from CreateSpace —Amazon’s self-publishing arm—which indicated that he was being paid a penny per book. A representative sent him a detailed explanation concluding, “Rest assured, you’ve received the royalties correctly and there is no discrepancy. . . I hope this […]

Notes on the Harlem Book Fair

African voices can be muffled by white supremacy and racism, but poets and writers who are invested in self-determination will find a way to get their words out. Panelists who participated in the National Writers Union discussion, “Silencing Black Writers in the USA,” shared these and other perspectives at the Harlem Book Fair in late […]

NWU Member Jo Anne Meekins Represents at the NYC Poetry Festival

National Writers Union (NWU) member Jo Anne Meekins shared her inspirational poem, “There’s Still Healing for the Hurting,” at the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island. In solidarity with several other poets representing the New York Chapter, they gathered and awaited their 12:30 – 1 pm time slot to read from the Chumley stage. Afterwards, […]

Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing (ECL)

July 22, 2015 — What’s happening with “orphan works”? What is “Extended Collective Licensing” (ECL)? Why should NWU members and other writers care? These issues are complicated, but important for working writers. Many NWU members are only beginning to understand what is meant by so-called “orphan works”, and most writers have never heard of “Extended […]